Wipro CIO in InformationWeek’s Global CIO 50 List

Bangalore - 23 June 2009

Wipro Technologies, the global IT services business of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) today announced that Mr. Laxman Badiga, Chief Information Officer (CIO) has been featured in the first-ever Global CIO 50 List instituted by InformationWeek, the business technology market’s leading multimedia brand. Mr. Badiga is among the ten CIOs from leading Indian organizations, spanning diverse industry verticals, to have made it to the Global CIO 50 List.

Mr. Badiga is responsible for driving key initiatives at Wipro, such as Green IT and using IT to effectively provide remote working and collaboration, via the ‘Wipro Extended Work Environment’. This has led to improved resource utilization, enabled virtual training, reduced travel spend, and increased efficiency in the recruitment process.

The CIOs were selected based on their strategic contributions to their companies, as well as for their market leadership, innovative IT-enabled business practices and results, and by their overall achievement and impact.

India, with 10 CIOs on the list, is second only to the US, and ahead of Europe, China, Brazil, Japan and Korea, in terms of representation. The CIOs from India join 40 others from across the globe on this prestigious list that features the world’s foremost IT leaders impacting the business world, chosen from leading corporations all over the globe.

“The CIOs named in the InformationWeek Global CIO 50 reflect three major themes we found in our recent research study,” said Global CIO Senior Vice President Bob Evans. “CIOs are focusing on working to spend less money on internal IT issues and more on external, customer-facing projects. They are also developing and refining new ways to capture and communicate the business value of IT and finally, they are shifting the internal outlooks of worldwide IT organizations to reflect global perspectives.”

Val Souza, Editorial Director for Technology at United Business Media (India), who coordinated the nominations process from India, said: “The fact that 10 CIOs from India made it to the final list points to the increasing sophistication of IT deployment at enterprises across India, and the world-class qualities and skill-sets that Indian CIOs bring to the table today.” Souza, who is also the Conference Chair for INTEROP Mumbai (www.interop.com/mumbai), added: “I received over 50 first-rate entries from Indian CIOs and I am almost certain that the List will morph into the Global CIO 100 next year, with an even larger representation from India. Enterprise IT in India has well and truly arrived.”

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